Grammy-award winning mezzo-soprano Olga Borodina is a star of the Mariinsky Theatre, regularly appearing with the major opera houses and orchestras around the world. Winner of the Rosa Ponselle and Barcelona competitions, Olga Borodina made her highly acclaimed European debut at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden in 1992, opposite Plácido Domingo in Samson and Delilah – performances that have launched her international solo career as one of the most sought after Mezzo’s in her repertoire.
Olga Borodina returned to Covent Garden in La Cenerentola, as Marguérite in La damnation de Faust with Sir Colin Davis, as Marina in Boris Godunov, Marfa in Khovanshchina, Amneris in Aida and most recently as Pincipesse de Bouillon in McVickers celebrated new production of Adriana Lecouvreur alongside Angela Ghiorgiu and Jonas Kauffmann.
Ms Borodina made her US debut in 1995 in the title-role of La Cenerentola at the San Francisco Opera, returning for Carmen in 1996, The Tzar’s Bride (2000), Samson and Delilah (2001), L’italiana in Algeri (2005), and Samson & Delilah again in 2006. Ms Borodina made her long awaited Metropolitan Opera debut in Boris Godunov (1997) and returned to the Metropolitan Opera for the opening night of the 1998/99 season in Samson & Delilah with Plácido Domingo and James Levine. Subsequent engagements at the Metropolitan Opera have included Amneris in Aida, Carmen, Samson and Delilah, Isabella in L’italiana in Algeri. Giocconda, Eboli in Don Carlo and the Principessa in Adriana Lecouvreur together with Plácido Domingo, and as Margerite in Robert Lepage’s production of Damnation de Faust. The New York Times hailed Ms Borodina’s return as Marfa in Khovanshchina (2012), saying “Ms Borodina made the cavernous Met feel tiny” (New York Times, 28 February 2012).
Her concert appearances with the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra under James Levine at Carnegie Hall have included Scheherazade, Verdi’s Requiem and La mort de Cleopatre, the latter of which was also recorded live at Vienna Musikverein with the Vienna Philharmonic and Gergiev for Decca.
Ms Borodina has appeared with the world’s greatest orchestras and conductors including performances at the Opera Bastille with James Conlon, with the Concertgebouw Orchestra and Mstislav Rostropovich in Amsterdam and the Royal Festival Hall London, and multiple performances at the BBC Proms; with Bernard Haitink (1996), Sir Colin Davis and the LSO (1997), Daniele Gatti and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (2002), Valery Gergiev and the Rotterdam Philharmonic (2003), and most recently returning to perform at the opening night of the 2016 BBC Proms with the BBCSO and Sakari Oramo.
In recital, Olga Borodina has performed in venues worldwide including London (Wigmore Hall and Barbican Centre), Milan (La Scala), Vienna (Konzerthaus), San Francisco (Davies Symphony Hall), Rome (Accademia di Santa Cecilia), Geneva (Grand Théatre), Hamburg (Staatsoper), Paris (Théatre des Champs Elysées), Barcelona (Liceu), Madrid (National Concert Hall) and in Amsterdam (Concertgebouw).
The highlights of the last few seasons have seen Ms Borodina return to the Metropolitan Opera as Amneris in Aida, complete multiple performances at the Mariinsky Theatre under the direction of Valery Gergiev (Boris Godunov, Carmen, Khovanshchina, Prince Igor, Romeo & Juliette, and The Tsar’s Bride), perform in concert with the Orchestre National de France with Gianandrea Noseda and Daniele Gatti respectively, and complete recordings of Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible for Sony Classical alongside the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and Tugan Sokhiev, and Romeo & Juliette for LSOLive with the London Symphony Orchestra and Gergiev.
Highlights of the current season will see Ms Borodina in performance at; the Baltic Sea Festival Stockholm with the Royal Swedish Opera and Lawrence Renes; the Auditorio Nacional de Música Madrid with Vasily Petrenko; and return to the Mariinsky Theatre for performances of Prince Igor, Verdi’s requiem and Khovanshchina with Valery Gergiev.
Signed to the Philips Classics label for over 10 years Ms Borodina released many recordings including Khovanshchina, The Queen of Spades, War and Peace, Prince Igor, Boris Godunov, Eugene Onegin, La Forza del Destino, Don Carlos, Rachmaninov’s Vespers, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, Berlioz’s Romeo et Juliette, and a double album “A Portrait of Olga Borodina” with a collection of songs and arias. These recordings include performances with Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink and Sir Colin Davis amongst others. Her solo recital recordings, under the Philips Classics label include Tchaikovsky Songs of Desire, Bolero and an album of opera arias with the Welsh National Opera Orchestra and Carlo Rizzi. On the Erato label she recorded Samson et Dalilah opposite Jose Cura with Sir Colin Davis. Other releases have included Verdi’s Requiem with Gergiev, Aida with Harnoncourt and the Vienna Pilharmonic, and Berlioz’s La Mort de Cleopatre from live concerts at the Musikverein with the Vienna Philharmonic and Gergiev for Decca.
Olga Borodina was awarded the People´s Artist of Russia in 2002, and in 2007 was the recipient of the State Prize – the highest accolade in Russia. Her recent Verdi Requiem recording with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Maestro Muti won two Grammy awards in 2011 for Best Classical Album and best choral performance. Ms Borodina was one of the first Russian Artists to ever receive a Grammy.
Text courtesy of Nicola-Fee Bahl Management